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Old November 6th, 2007, 10:54
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Time is Short for Moab RMP Comments Deadline

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

There are exactly 25 days left to comment on the Moab BLM RMP and Travel Plan.


The clock is ticking. There will be no comment extension on this one.

This Action Alert is designed to help you formulate your comment letter on this important plan. We are asking our members who have enjoyed the spectacular trails in Moab, or think they might sometime in the future, to read this alert and begin today to write your comment letter.

There will be no "click and send" action alert from BRC on this one. That's because the BLM has "rigged" the process and the Alternatives so that a comment that says something like "I vote for Alternative D" will not work.

But we've taken a lot of time to look hard at what the Moab BLM is proposing so you don't have to wade through thousands of pages to figure out what they are proposing and how to comment.

In order to help you write your comment, we've taken all the important parts of the DEIS and compiled them in summaries available via hyperlinks below. There are several key issues that folks need to be aware of and comment on, so we also have formulated some specific comment suggestions on the most important issues (see below).

If you find yourself lacking motivation here, just take a second to look at the effort those anti-recreation zealots over at SUWA have put into this Moab plan. (http://www.suwa.org/) SUWA's Executive Director has moved to the Moab area and their staff of attorneys is making a very strong push to eliminate most of the OHV use in the region. Their effort is professional and it is strategically designed to supplement SUWA's foundation-funded legal and political efforts.

Hey, that's what you get when you have 2 million samoleans-per-anum to work with!!

Trust us on this: this effort by SUWA is a serious problem for you, if you use a vehicle for recreation in Moab. Like our ad says: "These guys want to rub you out!"

Please read this Alert, click the links and check out the maps and other materials. Bookmark the important sites, as updates will be added right up to the comment deadline. Forward this Alert to your friends, family, club land-use officers and your ridding buddies.

We put a lot of effort into making the Moab BLM's plans easy to understand. Once you click the links and check out our comment suggestions, you'll know what to do. It won't be difficult.

But if you have any questions, concerns, or just need some help writing a comment letter -- please call.

Brian Hawthorne
208-237-1008 ext 102
Ric Foster
208-237-1008 ext 107

SITUATION:

The Draft Resource Management Plan (DRMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office has been released for public review and comment.

In addition to a new RMP, Moab BLM will be formulating a Travel Plan for motorized vehicles and mountain bikes. Travel will be limited to designated roads, trails and areas.

The BLM has set a deadline of November 30, 2007, for receiving information and comments pertaining to the Alternatives and the analysis presented in the DEIS. Feedback regarding the four proposed alternatives will be used to formulate a Proposed Resource Management Plan, and ultimately, a Final Resource Management Plan and Travel Plan.

Comments and other information may be submitted electronically at: UT_Moab_Comments@blm.gov.

Comments and other information may also be submitted by mail to:
Moab Field Office RMP Comments
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532


INFORMATION ON THE WEB:

BLM information and documents:
The Moab DRMP/DEIS and supporting information is available on the project web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/planning.html.

BlueRibbon Coalition Resources:
http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/subscribeform.cfm
http://www.sharetrails.org/public_lands/
http://www.sharetrails.org/public_lands/?section=MoabUpdate

What the anti-access groups are doing:
http://www.suwa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=work_moabrmp


WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

For maximum effectiveness:
1) Using the information provided from BLM and BRC's websites, as well as the info and the comment suggestions below, write a comment letter addressing Issues and Alternatives presented in the DEIS.

2) Copy your letter to your political representatives. Snail mail works best. Pen a quick personal note to your politico's staff and make sure they know you are PRO access, that you visit the area and that you oppose both the rhetoric and the proposals of the so-called "environmental groups." Find the address of your politico's here: Rapid Response Center (just enter your zip code)

3) 'CC' your comments to BRC
CC your comments to BRC at brlandsinfo@sharetrails.org. In the Subject line please put Moab RMP Comments.

Extra Credit:
Comments will be most helpful if you can state very specifically what you like and what you don't like about each of the Alternatives. Suggest changes. Also, it is good if you can reference a section or page number.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Yes, this IS worth the time and effort to write a good comment letter. Public comment is extremely important and will help to move the Final Plan toward something that's good for the recreating public. Individual comments like yours will also serve as a foundation for groups like BRC to challenge any arbitrary or unfair closures, as well as defend the inevitable attack from SUWA's lawyers.

If at all possible, your letter should address these issues (please see comment suggestions below):
  • Comments regarding the Alternatives -- (please note that Alternative A (no action) is not an "action alternative." So the "I vote for Alternative A" comment will be a waste of time and effort.
  • Comments about specific roads, trails and areas to be designated for motorized and mountain bike use, and responses to specific questions associated with BLM's #1 formal Planning Issue: "How can increased recreation use, especially motorized vehicle access, be managed while protecting natural resource values?"
  • Comments on Special Recreation Management Areas (SRMA)
  • Comments on Dispersed Camping
  • Comments on White Wash Sand Dunes
  • Comments on ATV Trails
  • Comments on Mountain bike trails/areas
  • Comments regarding special designations such as ACECs, Wild and Scenic Rivers and "Lands with Wilderness Character"

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